I am 18 years old and have had a persistant vulval itching since I hit puberty (probably about age 10. I was an early bloomer). The problem exists on the outer labia, inner labia, and especially in between the two. A lot of times it gets so bad I have to scratch over my clothes in public. There are no other symptoms.
The problem gets a bit worse when I'm on my period (i think it's a bit drier), but in general I am very well naturally lubricated. This lubrication is normal and either does not have a scent or has a scent that's not very strong. It is clear or white depending on the time of month. I have really large inner labia, so maybe bacteria is getting trapped in between the inner and outer labia? I'm don't use soap or anything because I've heard it can cause problems, but I have tried washing a few times with Dove. That dries me out and makes it worse. I always use Arm and Hammer laundry detergent that's free of perfumes and dyes and says "dermatologist tested". The problem is aggravated if I wear tight clothes and do a lot of walking, but it's always there no matter what. I've never been sexually active, so I've ruled out STIs.
As far as other skin conditions go (maybe these are related?), I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, a good deal of Fordyce's spots only on my inner labia (I'm guessing too much sebum?), and eczema on my elbows during the summer that's easily solved with eczema lotion. I read somewhere eczema can occur on the vulva as well, but I don't see any symptoms of that.
Thinking my PH balance might be off, I tried applying a baking soda paste to the area, but I think my paste was too thick and it burned a bit.
What's going on and how do I fix it? Is this normal? I'm so tired of this. I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find an answer.
Sounds like it is time to get a doctor involved. We are not doctors, so we cannot give you a diagnosis over the internet. But persistent itching is definitely something that a doctor should get a look at - they will be able to figure out what's going on and prescribe you the appropriate treatment.
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